Toronto: 'Lady Macbeth' Nabbed by Roadside Attractions for North America

Lady Macbeth Still 1 - Publicity - H 2016
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

Lady Macbeth Still 1 - Publicity - H 2016

Director William Oldroyd's feature debut is an adaptation of Nikolai Leskov's 1865 novella.

Following a bidding war at the Toronto Film Festival, Roadside Attractions has acquired the North American rights to Lady Macbeth, which had its world premiere at the event.

Director William Oldroyd's film is not based on the Shakespeare play, and instead brings an infamous Russian femme fatale to 19th century England. The indie stars The Falling star Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton and Naomi Ackie.

"We were bowled over by luminous star-in-the-making Florence Pugh in the title role. Florence, director Will Oldroyd and screenwriter Alice Birch are the greatest discoveries of this year's TIFF," said Eric d'Arbeloff, co-president of Roadside Attractions, in a statement on Thursday.

Lady Macbeth is produced by Sixty Six Pictures and iFeatures, in association with Oldgarth Media. Protagonist Pictures' head of worldwide sales Vanessa Saal and CEO Mike Goodridge negotiated the sale on behalf of the filmmakers.